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UCR Writers Week Features Pulitzer Prize Winners

Food critic Jonathan Gold and poet Philip Levine will lecture at the annual celebration of writing and writers Feb. 8-11.

(December 17, 2010)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Two Pulitzer Prize-winning writers will be featured during UC Riverside’s annual Writers Week, which will be held Feb. 8-11, 2011.

Jonathan Gold, the only food critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, will deliver the 43rd Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre. Gold, who is the restaurant critic for LA Weekly and is the author of “Counter Intelligence: Where to Eat in the Real Los Angeles,” won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2007. Admission to his lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested by Feb. 3. Free parking will be available in Lot 6. RSVP to Alyssa Oates at or call (951) 827-3144.

The keynote speaker will be poet Philip Levine, who won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for “The Simple Truth.” He has won numerous awards for his books of poems, among them the National Book Award for “What Work Is” (1991), the National Book Critics Circle Award and the first American Book Award for Poetry for “Ashes: Poems New and Old” (1979), and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for “The Names of the Lost” (1975). He will speak on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m.

“Writers Week has always been a celebration of wonderful authors and their work,” says Michael Jayme, associate professor of creative writing and director of the conference. “This year's schedule continues in that tradition.”

The Writers Week schedule is:

Tuesday, Feb. 8: Nonfiction/Journalism – Daniel Hernandez, former Los Angeles Times reporter and author of the forthcoming “Down and Delirious in Mexico City”; and Jo Scott Coe, author of “Teacher at Point Blank.”

Wednesday, Feb. 9: Cross-Genre Writers – Kathleen Alcala, author of a short-story collection, a collection of essays based on her family history, and three novels set in 19th Century Mexico and the Southwest, including “Treasures in Heaven”; Ben Ehrenreich, a freelance journalist and author of “The Suitors”; Rich Katrovas, author of “Green Dragons”; and Jonathan Gold.

Thursday, Feb. 10: Poetry – Jennifer Kwan Dobbs, author of “Paper Pavilion”; Allison Benis White, author of “Self-Portrait with Crayon” and winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize; Christopher Howell, who has published eight books of poetry, and is the longtime director and principal editor for Lynx House Press; and Philip Levine.

Friday, Feb. 11: Fiction – UCR alumnus Adam Gallari, author of “We Are Never As Beautiful As We Are Now: Stories”; Belle Boggs, author of “Mattaponi Queen”; and UCR creative writing professor Andrew Winer, author of “The Marriage Artist.”

Except for the Hays Lecture, all events will be held in the Interdisciplinary Building. Writers Week is free and open to the public. Parking costs $6 per day.
For more information, contact Writers Week director Michael Jayme at or (951) 827-3615, or go online to

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